🎧 Turning Pain into Purpose, Starting a New Chapter after a Devastating Loss
Anne Moss Rogers lost her son, Charles Aubrey Rogers, to suicide on June 5, 2015. It was then her world collapsed and she had to start a new chapter of her life going forward. She is currently President of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health. She is a writer and public speaker on the topics of mental illness, suicide, addiction and grief and was the first suicide loss survivor ever to be asked to speak at the National Institute of Mental Health this past January 2018 at a suicide workshop.
She is a mental health advocate tackling the tabooist of subjects: mental illness, addiction and suicide in front of audiences and on her blog, Emotionally Naked—a site that reached over a quarter million in the first 18 months. Beacon Tree will be piloting an evidence-based program shown to reduce drug and alcohol use by up to 80% in high schools in fall of 2018 and she is currently writing a book which will include lyrics from Charles’ “rap diary” providing a window into the soul of someone who suffered from depression, addiction and died by suicide.